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Social theory week 4

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Social theory week 4 SOC0150

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Social Theory
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Date Created: 01/30/15
Social Theory 01292015 Auguste Comte coined the term sociology 1 The Law of Three Stages See stages chart in course reading a b C Theological Stage gt 1300 i everything has a life and will of its own he makes some subdivisions such as animismmonotheism Metaphysical Stage 13001800 i Entities have some kind of liveness or spirit start to think in terms of abstractions at this point causes and forces instead of quotWillquot Positive Stage Positivism 1800lt i Point at which we are at in human history now we can discover law like connections within different social institutions 2 The Hierarchy of the Sciences a b c d 3 Comte s Methods a Sciences emerge in a stagelike fashion Thought mathematics was a science Sociology comes last we are the culminating science The quotqueen of the sciencesquot Aligned with the 3 Stages Observation i Needs to be guided by theory Experimentation i Natural experiments asking how an earthquake catastrophe affects various forms of social life ii Pathological consequences of natural disasters Comparison i Supported the methods ofJohn Stewart Mill Historical Methods i Suggested we need a historical sociology Comte s Later Work bizarre relationship w a French woman towards the end of both of their lives she was married he would read her his works b Comte slogan on Brazilian ag c Brazil has a huge Comte church Hegel amp the Origins of Marxism The Objective Spirit the spirit is consciousness in its simple truth consciousness is composed of multiple elements George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel o quotThe history of the world is none other than the progress of the consciousness of freedomquot 0 there is a grander meaning to human history 0 the goal of history is the realization of freedom 0 a development of less to greater freedom 0 39Freedom and 39reason undergo a process of quothypostatizationquot the attribution of a real existence to what is in effect merely an abstraction 0 what is freedom We equate freedom w concrete activities Freedom to Hegel is like a spirit moving throughout history Nature of Reason Hume based on ideas derived from out sensory perceptions and expenence o Says we get ideas from our senses o Empiricist 0 Different people have different beliefs as people are taking in different ideas at different times in different places 0 Maybe we don t all share the same common knowledge Kant a capacity based on objective properties of mind or thought 0 Vision was that Hume s vision was not good enough 0 We have a mental grid which enables us to take in a certain element of the world 0 Rationalist vision as to what reason is all about 0 We have the ability to recognize causality Hegel objective property of the world 0 Anyone who accounts for human history has to account for how reason has developed over time 0 Historical epochs such as ancient Rome and Greece and the Renaissance and Reformation are viewed by Hegel as stages that history has taken in working out the idea of freedomreason Hegel39s Dialectical Logic 0 The initial state of mind by its very nature of being incomplete or containing contradictory elements brings out its opposite state and these two states of mind resolve their con ictual aspects in a third stage of synthesis A dialectical logic at work 0 Self consciousness is the goal Important Hegelian conceptual themes 0 Totality Alienation Dialectics Totality 0 Everything becomes interconnected 0 Everything explains everything else Dialectics o Marx transposes dialectical logic onto a more materialistic point 0 Stage theory of human history Feurbach and the Young Hegelians 0 After Hegel s death his disciples split into two groups The Left Young Hegelians and the Right Old Hegelians conservative o quotthe real is the rational and the rational is the realquot Conservative the status quo is what is real and the most rational thing Ludwig Feurbach s The Essence of Christianity Four Dimensions of Alienation 1 The worker is alienated from the product of work 2 The worker is alienated from the process of work 3 The worker is alienated from herself or himself as a quotspecies beingquot 4 The worker is alienated from other human beings


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